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Restrictions on UN operations not "tolerated" in South Sudan

UNMISS personnel conducting a security sweep in its Juba camp to rid it of weapons and smuggled goods, including military and police uniforms. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Bill

Restrictions on the ability of the UN mission in South Sudan to carry out its operations will not be tolerated according to the Secretary-General Spokesperson's office The UN mission, UNMISS, is continuing to improve in its bases across the country where some 65,000 civilians are seeking shelter. Among the security measures put in place are [...]

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"Historic" trial into killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister opens in The Hague

Marten Youssef

The trial of four men accused of the February 2005 car bomb attack which killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri opened on Thursday. The case is being heard at a Special Tribunal in The Hague, in The Netherlands, and the defendants are being tried in absentia. Hariri and 21 others died and 200 others [...]

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Expert fears political deadlock affecting human rights in Cambodia

surya sudebi 2

An independent expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia is concerned that a political impasse stemming from last year's elections is having a detrimental impact on peace and prosperity. UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has concluded his latest mission to the country where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposition representatives and members [...]

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Terrorists expected to continue attacks in Mali

Gérard Araud

Terrorists are expected to maintain their attacks in Mali as the UN continues to build up its stabilization force, MINUSMA according to France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Since early 2012, Mali has witnessed a military coup d'état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, as well as the seizure of its northern [...]

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UN human rights office says executions have soared in Syria

Rupert Colville

The UN human rights human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has warned armed opposition groups in Syria that executions and unlawful killings may amount to war crimes. The warning comes as reports emerge that there have been a succession of mass executions in northern Syria. The UN human rights office says these executions are in violation [...]

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Threat of genocide looms in Central African Republic: UN official

Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic. Credit: OCHA/C. Illemassene

There is a real risk of genocide in the Central African Republic if urgent action is not taken now to stabilize the situation. The warning has come from John Ging, director of operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) who has just returned from a five day visit to the [...]

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Sexual abuse of children in church unjustifiable says Vatican

Pope Francis

The Vatican has been defending its handling of the scandal involving the sexual abuse of children by catholic priests before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Vatican representative in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the committee the catholic church is against any attempts by Church officials to cover up investigations involving [...]

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"Excessive" force used by Cambodian authorities

Surya Subedi

The authorities in Cambodia have been accused of using excessive force following recent demonstrations against the government. A number of demonstrators have been killed during protests against disputed elections that took place in July last year. The UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, Surya Subedi, has met Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh to discuss [...]

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Envoy regrets non-participation of opposition group in Syria conference

Lakhdar Brahimi

The UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, has said he regrets the decision of an opposition group in the country not to take part in peace talks in Switzerland. Lakhdar Brahimi said in a statement that he respected the decision of the National Coordination Committee or NCC not to join the opposition delegation to [...]

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UN warns of genocide in Central African Republic

John Ging

The Central African Republic is facing the risk of genocide according to a senior UN humanitarian official. The country has been in turmoil for the last year after rebels launched attacks and forced President François Bozizé to flee. Around 950,000 people have been displaced by the fighting and widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, [...]

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Militant groups in Syria accused of carrying out mass executions

With winter affecting parts of Syria, UNHCR has been distributing aid to keep the displaced warm and dry. European Union funds are important for ensuring winter supplies.© UNHCR/A.McConnell

The United Nations Human rights office(OHCHR) is accusing militant groups operating in Syria of carrying out mass executions of civilians and prisoners in their custody. The Human Rights office says it has received reports of a succession of mass executions of civilians and fighters who were no longer taking part in hostilities in Aleppo, Idlib [...]

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